Grover Flowers, Lead Infrastructure Engineer

Grover C. Flowers

Lead Infrastructure Engineer

I.T. was not Grover’s original career path. Having taken Automotive Mechanics in high school, muscle cars and drag racing initially drew his interest. As a result, he started buying, restoring, and selling muscle cars after graduation. Pontiac Firebirds became his specialty, and he quickly became well known in the area as the person to talk to for all things related to the classic muscle car breed.

Biography

I.T. was not Grover’s original career path. Having taken Automotive Mechanics in high school, muscle cars and drag racing initially drew his interest. As a result, he started buying, restoring, and selling muscle cars after graduation. Pontiac Firebirds became his specialty, and he quickly became well known in the area as the person to talk to for all things related to the classic muscle car breed.

After many years of success, a change of interest was in order. Grover decided to teach himself computer operating systems, which at the time was Novell Netware, Microsoft Windows Server NT, and Windows 95. Once he honed a certain level of expertise, he got his first I.T. position and never looked back. Grover spent 14 years at a multinational manufacturing company called Solutia, where he gained a wide range of experience.

Being the go-to guy for the Research & Development Department, it wasn’t long before Grover locked onto SharePoint. He immediately saw that it was a perfect fit for the department and presented a project to the Director of R&D to implement it. Ever since, SharePoint has been Grover’s primary focus, helping others see the full potential of the SharePoint platform. After 25 years in the I.T. industry, he decided to get an Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems.

Outside of SharePoint and classic cars, Grover has a deep passion for animals—helping rescue and find homes for forgotten pets in need. He has a fascination with turtles and tortoises and has two Sulcata Torts that are both over 70 lbs and eats more than he does. Grover enjoys live music and concerts (especially classic rock and blues), grilling on the back deck with friends, Racquetball, Jogging, and Nature Trail Hiking.
 

Operating Systems

  • Novell Netware
  • Microsoft Servers NT4, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2012R2, 2016, 2019

Software & Technology

  • SharePoint
  • MS Active Directory
  • Exchange Server
  • Avaya VoIP Phone System
  • Wireless Access Points
  • Sonic Wall Firewalls
  • Trend Micro Anti-Virus
  • Backup Exec / Disaster Recovery
  • Blackberry Enterprise Server
  • DNS
  • DHCP
  • RADIUS
  • TCP/IP Protocols
  • Digital Certificates
  • Site to Site VPNs
  • Ghost Imaging Software
  • Change Management
  • VMWare / Hyper-V
  • Microsoft InTune
  • Office 365

Developmental Environments

  • PowerShell

Random Skills

  • Pontiac Firebird Fanatic